My Cable Knit Sweater

Winter is always the knitting season for me. As soon as the weather starts getting colder, I get the itch to pick up a knitting project. Although I haven’t shared that many projects on the blog, I actually very much enjoy knitting. It’s one of the most soothing activities I know. Some of my proudest projects have been knitted. On top of the list is a lace knit cardigan with beads I knitted for my Mom a few years ago, and an Icelandic sweater dress I made for myself.
As with all crafts, some years are more productive than others. This winter has seen a new wave of knitting for me. The projects are not many, but they are big. First, the scrap yarn throw blanket. And now, a cable knit sweater.
I usually make my own patterns for knitting since the few times I’ve followed a pattern resulted in disastrous failures. I don’t know what I do wrong, but even after checking for gauge, all my projects turn out at least 3 sizes too big. My last very painful disaster was the sweater I knit for Rein last Christmas, that I ended up ruining trying to make it wearable, and that I wasted a lot of hours to make. Sigh..
That’s the thing about knitting though, a project like a sweater has a lot of room for error, which can lead to moments of utter frustration. This one also had a couple of those. I tried to do a high-low hem ribbing, and mostly succeeded, although I should have started with more cast-ons, and then decreasing the number with the short rows (if that makes any sense to anyone else but me). That was a valuable lesson for me as I’d never done a high-low hem before on a sweater (or anything else for that matter). Also, I counted the stitches wrong when joining the sleeves, so I ended up having to unravel many rows of knitting. Not a fun moment.
I love seed stitch! Seriously, I use it in most of my projects. It’s one of those easy stitches that looks very sophisticated. So, the body is in seed stitch apart from the cabled front part, and the sleeves are regular knit. I thought it would be a nice contrast between those two with the raglan sleeves. By the way, it was my first attempt at a self-drafted raglan sleeve. Success!
A little word about the yarn I used as well. My Grandma gave me this yarn for Christmas too many years ago. I had a hard time deciding what to knit with it, and so it just sat in my yarn pile. Now, when I was back in Estonia for the holidays, I thought it’d be the perfect time to start this project. It took me about a month to finish this. Would have gone a lot faster, but I usually knit only when I’m watching a series or film in the evenings. We should watch more of those, I guess.
All in all, I’m super happy with my sweater. I had a couple of hiccups along the way, but that’s a part of the process. Initially, I’d hope to share this pattern with you, but it came out much more difficult, and the work that would go into making this into an easy-to-follow pattern with different sizing would just be too much at this point. But, you can browse other knit projects I’ve made for some other ideas.
A little update! The yarn i used is Bergere de France Eclair (74% acrylic, 14% mohair, 9% worsted wool, 3% lurex). The color is Taffetas, which I can’t seem to find anywhere for sale. There are other colors available, though. Like hot pink, deep purple, plum, beige, white, and lime green
on Amazon, and this site also has a lot of variety, including the light pink I used for a hat I’m wearing here.
I’m already sketching out a new spring sweater design. I hope to make something simple, so I could share the pattern with you as well.
Have you knit anything recently? Is knitting a seasonal craft for you as well, or are you a year-round knitter?

DIY Knitted 2in1 Bow/Turban Headband (knitting pattern)

Simple pattern for a knitted 2in1 bow/turban headband
Simple pattern for a knitted 2in1 bow/turban headband

I don’t know what the weather is like in your part of the world, but here it’s getting real cold. Like, they’re predicting snow for tomorrow. Yes, SNOW. I don’t know what’s happened to the climate this year, but the fact is that we’ve jumped from sunny and summery to cold and wintery in just 2 days, so it’s time to dig out those scarves, hats and gloves. And, even if it’s not that cold where you live, it’s still not too early to prepare yourself for the colder months ahead. So, today I thought I’d share my bow headband knitting pattern with you.

 

I originally created this pattern for my Etsy shop 2 years ago, but since I stopped making these headbands last year, I thought I’d share the pattern with you so you could make your own if you wanted to. The pattern is designed in a way that allows you to change up the bows creating many colorful combos. Or, you can omit the bow altogether for a turban headband look.

You will need:
100 g of yarn (thickness suitable for size 3-3.5mm needles, but knit 2 strands together)
4mm double-pointed or straight needles
Tapestry needle or a crochet hook for hiding yarn ends

Abbreviations:
st, sts – stitch, stitches
k – knit
p – purl
k2tog – knit two stitches together
yo – yarn over (for adding a stitch)

One size fits most.

The headband:
Cast 15 sts
Work in *k1, p1* ribbing for 6 rows.
Rows 7-26: *k1, p1 repeat from * until the end of the row. (This is called the seed stitch)
Row 27: k1, yo, continue in the same seed stitch pattern until the last stitch, then yo, k1. (So your number of stitches grows by 2.)
Keep working in the seed stitch pattern for 30cm.
On the next row k1, k2tog, continue in the same pattern as previous rows until 3 stitches from the end, then k2tog, k1.
Continue working in the seed stitch pattern for 20 rows, then work the last 6 rows in *k1 p1* ribbing.
Cast off all stitches.

The bow:
For the bow ring cast 10 sts, and work in *k1 p1* seed stitch pattern for 36 rows, then cast off.
For the bow cast 15 sts and work in the same seed stitch pattern for 42 row, then cast off.

Sewing:
First, sew together the ends of the headband. Hide yarn ends.
Next, place the bow ring across the ribbed part of the headband, so that it cover the seam. Join the ends on the other side of the headband and sew them together. Then, sew the back of the bow ring to the back of the headband securing it in place. Hide yarn ends.
Lastly, hide the yarn ends of the bow, and place it inside the bow ring from the right side of the headband.

I don’t know about you, but cold weather always makes my fingers itch for some knitting.
If you have any questions, just leave them in the comments, and I’ll try to clarify.

xo. Hanna

Modeled by Marianne Nugis

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